The visitors England are set to end their ongoing India tour after playing the last ODI of the three-match ODI series against the hosts India this Sunday (28th March) which will be hosted at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium (Pune).
This ODI series is currently standing in a 1-1 position with the last ODI yet to be played. While England suffered a 66-run defeat in the first ODI, England later won by 6 wickets in the second ODI.
India vs England 2021, 3rd ODI: England’s Predicted XI
Opening batsman Jason Roy is currently in great form with the bat. After scoring three 40s in the five-match T20I series against the hosts India in this tour, Roy scored 46 and 55 runs respectively in this ODI series. England want another good start from him in the ODI series decider.
Jonny Bairstow is now totally in a different form in the ongoing ODI series. While he hugely struggled in the Test series in this tour, where he scored three ducks out of four innings, his performances improved during the T20I series against the hosts India, but now he is in dangerous form with the bat. After scoring 94 off just 66 balls in the first ODI, Bairstow scored 124 runs off 112 balls in the second ODI.
Dawid Malan has joined the ODI squad after captain Eoin Morgan has been ruled out from this series after the first ODI due to finger injuries. In the second ODI, Malan had a very small role but he properly handled the job as his 16 not out helped the visitors to deny any late panic that could destroy their journey for levelling of the series. Before this ODI series, Malan also featured in the T20I series in this tour where his best batting performance was in the fifth or last game of the T20I series by scoring 68 runs.
Jos Buttler (C & wk)
In the absence of regular captain Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler is now handling the ODI side. Though he scored only 2 and 0 in the first two ODIs of this series, he was in great form as an opener in the T20I series in this tour where he scored 83 not out and 52 runs during the third and fifth match of that series.
In the first ODI, Ben Stokes bowled in a disciplined way as he got three wickets with bowling figures of 8-1-34-3. But he scored only one run in that series opener. However, in the second ODI, while he failed to take a wicket in his five-over spell (5-0-42-0), he scored the game-changing 99 runs off just 52 balls, including scoring 49 runs in the last 12 balls.
Liam Livingstone made his ODI debut in the last game where he joined the chasing period when England started to face a batting collapse. He resisted that collapse along with Dawid Malan as they built up the 50 runs partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket and scored 27 not out off 21 balls. In recent times, Livingstone impressed with his consistent all-round performances in T20 cricket.
With the ball-in-hand, Moeen Ali has failed to take at least one wicket in this ODI series yet. While he didn’t get an opportunity to bat in the second ODI, he scored fighting 30 runs in the first ODI when England were already in deep trouble at chasing.
The left-arm pacer Sam Curran has got only one wicket in two matches of this ODI series. In the limited-overs series in this India tour, Sam has got very limited chances. So, it is not easy to judge him at the present moment and the youngster is likely to stay in the playing XI for the series decider.
In the limited-overs matches in this India tour, the England leg-spinner Adil Rashid has specifically troubled the Indian captain Virat Kohli. Out of his five wickets in the limited-overs series in this tour, Rashid dismissed Kohli for thrice.
Fast bowler Mark Wood highly impressed with his pace during the recently concluded T20I series in this tour. While he played in the first ODI, he got two wickets but finished with expensive bowling figures of 10-1-75-2.
The left-arm pacer Reece Topley, who has taken 19 wickets in 12 ODIs, provided a great start in the second ODI by dismissing the Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan for just 4 runs. Later, he also sent Hardik Pandya (35 off 16 balls) to the pavilion in the final over of the first innings. Topley had bowling figures of 8-0-50-2 in that game.